Patriot League Men’s Basketball Wednesday Recap presented by PenFed Credit Union (2.1.23)
Black Knights reclaim Mountain Hawk’s winning streak; Bucknell, Holy Cross and Navy win on Wednesday
ARMY WEST POINT BLACK KNIGHTS (13-11, 7-4 PL) 71, AT LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS (13-9, 8-3 PL) 69
Stabler Arena/Bethlehem, Pa. 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Junior guard Jared Cross layup with five seconds remaining in regular time led Army West Point to a 71-69 win over Lehigh to break the Mountain Hawks’ eight-game winning streak.
*Black Knights junior guard Jalen Rucker scored 23 points in 9-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight team-high boards to help Army West Point win the season series with Lehigh.
*Junior forward Charlie Peterson and freshman guard Coleton Benson each scored 13 points for the Black Knights.
*Second guard Keith Higgins Jr. led four Mountain Hawks by double digits with 17 points. He also grabbed a game high with five steals.
*Junior forward Dominic Parolin came off the bench for 12 points, while second guards Tyler Whitney-Sidney and Ben Knostman added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
RECAPS: ARMY WEST POINT | LEH
BUCKNELL BISON (9-15, 2-9 PL) 78, AT AMERICAN EAGLES (14-8, 6-5 PL) 71
Bender Arena/Washington, DC 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
WASHINGTON – Senior guard Xander Rice led four Bisons in double digits with 23 points as Bucknell defeated American 78-71 at Bender Arena.
* Rice made 8 of 13 attempts from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to help the Bison pull off a three-game slide.
*Second forward Ian Motta added 16 points, junior guard Jack Forrest finished the tournament with 14 points, while junior center Andre Screen added 10 points and five boards for Bucknell.
* Freshman guard Geoff Sprouse led American with 16 points, while junior forward Matt Rogers contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
*Junior forward Johnny O’Neil and sophomore guard Elijah Stephens each scored 10 points for the Eagles.
CONCLUSIONS: BUCKNELL | AMERICAN
NAVY MIDSHIPMEN (12-11, 5-6 PL) 53, AT LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS (7-17, 5-6 PL) 34
Kirby Sports Center/Easton, Pa. 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
EASTON, Pa. – Senior forward Daniel Deaver led the Navy with a game-high 16 points in a 53-34 win over Lafayette at Kirby Sports Center.
*Deaver hit 8-of-11 from the field to leave the Midshipmen with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.
*Navy senior guard Patrick Dorsey added 11 points and six boards to help the Mids split the season series against the Leopards.
* Sophomore Lafayette center Justin Vander Baan posted a team-high 12 points and clinched eight rebounds.
*Second guard CJ Fulton finished the tournament with eight points, four assists and two steals for the Leopards.
CONCLUSIONS: NAVY | LAFAYETTE
HOLY CROSS CRUSADERS (8-16, 5-6 PL) 82, AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY TERRIERS (10-14, 3-8 PL) 70
Case Gym/Boston, Mass. 7 p.m. (ESPN+)
BOSTON – Junior guard Joe Octave scored a career-high 27 points to lead Holy Cross to an 82-70 win over Boston University in the Turnpike Trophy matchup at Case Gym.
*Octave Connected on 9-of-12 from the floor, including 7-of-10 from beyond the arc, adding five rebounds, three assists and three steals.
* Freshman guard Will Batchelder added 21 points on 5-of-5 shooting from long range. Senior forward Gerrale Gates had 17 points and seven boards for the Crusaders.
*Holy Cross shot 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from 3-point range.
*Boston University senior Nevin Zink had a career-high 25 points, while grad security guard Walter Whyte had a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
* Graduate student guard Jonas Harper added 14 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists for the Terriers.
RECAPS: HOLY CROSS | BOSTON UNIVERSITY
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